Tuesday, May 11, 2004, VOLUME 21 NUMBER 15

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FACULTY/STAFF NEWS

Paul Kiprof, associate professor, Department of Chemistry, published an article in the Journal of Molecular Structure (Theochem) titled “Stability
of Carboxonium Ions,” with graduate students Stephen R. Miller and Sergiy Krasutsky.

Carmen Latterell, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Kay Wohlhuter, Department of Education, had their article, “Beginning Mathematics Teachers: A Snapshot Across One State,” published in Focus On Learning Problems in Mathematics (volume 26, number 1, 23-33).

Ron Marchese, professor of ancient history and archaeology in the Department. of Sociology and Anthropology, received a McKnight International Travel grant for ethnographic work in central Turkey in August, 2004. During this time Marchese will be conducting research on felt manufacturing in the Toros Mountains of Turkey with his colleague Professor Keith Achepohl of the University of Iowa.

Both will be planning joint exhibitions on unique felt objects currently and formerly produced in the region commencing in 2005. Also Jacob Anders, a student in the Department of Anthropology, will be participating in the archaeological survey of the ancient town of Plataiai, Greece in which Marchese is one of the three directors. Anders’ research project, to be included in the monograph publication of the site for 2005, is supported by a UROP award. Archaeological surveys are determined by the Greek Department of Antiqity. The Plataiai project is currently scheduled for October, 2004.

Cheryl Reitan, publications director, and her novel, Foster’s Ridge, are featured in the May/June issue of Walker Without Walls, the Minneapolis Walker Art Center magazine.


NRRI and MINNESOTA SEA GRANT NEWS

The WOW/Duluth Streams/Lake Access group at CWE authored or co-authored three presentations at Minnesota Water 2004 in Minneapolis, in March. Elaine Ruzycki, Rich Axler, Jane Reed, Jerry Henneck, Norm Will and George Host, NRRI, Marnie Lonsdale, City of Duluth, Cindy Hagley, Jesse Schomberg, Carl Richards and Bruce Munson, MN Sea Grant, presented “DuluthStreams.org: Web-based delivery of automated data using advanced data visualization techniques for understanding urban stormwater and water quality issues.” by James Johnson and John Barten (Three Rivers Park District). George Host and Rich Axler, NRRI, and Barb Liukkonen, MN Sea Grant, presented “Restricting the use of phosphorus fertilizer to improve water quality: An urban watershed experiment (LakeAccess.org)” Cindy Hagley, Bruce Munson and Carl Richards, MN Sea Grant, Rich Axler, George Host, Elaine Ruzycki, Jane Reed and Norm Will, NRRI, Glenn Merrick, and Lake Superior College, presented “The New Water-on-the-Web (WOW): A two semester water resource management course on the web.” Lucinda Johnson also gave a talk on the Great Lakes Environmental Indicators Project and Reference Indicators study.


NRRI NEWS

Subhash Basak gave presentations at the Current Trends in Drug Discovery Research conference, Lucknow, India, in February. He presented a lecture on “Prediction of bioactivity/ toxicity of chemicals using proteomics based mathematical descriptors” authored jointly with and Brian Gute, both of NRRI, Marjan Vracko, National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Milan Randic, NRRI and National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia. He also presented a paper titled “Applications of theoretical molecular descriptors in QSAR modeling of anti- mycobacterial compounds” authored jointly by Manish Bagchi, Bhim Maiti, both from the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata, India, and Denise Mills of NRRI.

Basak was in California to attend the Editorial Board meeting of the Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences. He also participated in the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in March.

Subhash Basak, Denise Mills, NRRI, Hisham A. El-Masri, Moiz M. Mumtaz, Agency of Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, and Douglas M. Hawkins, School of Statistics, University of Minnesota, published the paper “Predicting blood-air partition coefficients use theoretical molecular descriptors” in the international Journal Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology, vol. 16, pp. 45-55 (2004).

Chris Burdett gave a talk in March at Northland College, Ashland, WI on “Preliminary Insights on Canada Lynx Ecology in Minnesota” as part of the Sigurd Olson Institute’s Biology On the Bay Series.

Salih Ersayin, NRRI Coleraine Lab, has been chosen to be included in the upcoming 59th edition of Who’s Who in America. This publication is the source for current biographical information documenting the lives of the country’s most distinguished individuals.

Brian Gute, NRRI, Krishnan Balasubramanian, University of California, Davis and Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, CA, Kevin T. Geiss, U.S. Air Force, Wright Patterson AFB, OH, published the paper “Predicting halocarbon toxicity from structure: a hierarchical QSAR approach” in the international Journal Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology, vol. 16, pp. 121-129 (2004).

MEDICAL SCHOOL

Anabela P. Rolo, Carlos M. Palmeira, Jon M. Holy, associate professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, and Kendall B. Wallace, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, published a manuscript entitled “Role of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Combined Bile Acid-Induced Cytotoxicity: The Switch Between Apoptosis and Necrosis” in Toxicological Sciences 79, 196-204 (2004).

J. Chung, Joseph R. Prohaska, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and M. Wessling-Resnick published a manuscript entitled “Ferroportin-1 mRNA is not upregulated in copper-deficient mice” in the Journal of Nutrition 134, 517-521 (2004). The co-authors are from the Nutrition Department of Harvard University School of Public Health. Prohaska, along with Anna A. Gybina, Ph.D. graduate student in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, published a manuscript entitled “Intracellular Copper Transport in Mammals” in the Journal of Nutrition 134, 1003-1006 (2004).

Patricia M. Scott, research assistant professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, P.S. Bilodeau, Olga Y. Zhdankina, research associate, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, S.C. Winistorfer, Melissa J. Hauglund, former undergraduate research assistant, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, M.M. Allaman, W.R. Kearney, A.D. Robertson, and Annette L. Boman, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and R.C. Piper published a manuscript entitled “GGA proteins bind ubiquitin to facilitate sorting at the trans-Golgi network” in Nature Cell Biology 6, 252-259 (2004).

Kendall B. Wallace, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was an invited speaker at the AACC Division of Animal Clinical Chemistry Spring 2004 Symposium “Biomarkers of Cardiac and Vascular Injury.” The title of his seminar was “Conclusions of the FDA Expert Working Group on Biomarkers of Drug-Induced cardiac Toxicity.” The symposium was held in April in Newark, NJ.



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